On Wednesday, Museveni met a delegation from the Church led by Metropolitan Makarios Archbishop of Nairobi in Kenya who is also the caretaker of the Orthodox Church in Uganda.
President Museveni talks to Othordox bishops and other faithfuls after a meeting at Entebbe. standing yesterday. (C) is His Eminence Metropolitan Markarios Archbishop of Nairobi Kenya and care of Kampala (2)
President Museveni has pledged to support the Orthodox Church.
On Wednesday, Museveni met a delegation from the Church led by Metropolitan
Makarios Archbishop of Nairobi in Kenya who is also the caretaker of the
Orthodox Church in Uganda.
Makarios replaced the late Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga, who served
as Archbishop of Kampala and Exarch of All Uganda in the Uganda Orthodox
Lwanga who was also the Metropolitan of the Metropolis of Kampala
and All Uganda, in Central Africa under the Eastern Orthodox Church of
Alexandria, died early this month.
Makarios also delivered a message from the Pope of the Coptic
Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria, Pope Tawadros II. Pope Tawadros II hailed President Museveni and
the people of Uganda for the support extended to them following the demise of Lwanga.
Other members of the delegation included among others Metropolitan
Jeromos Muzei Archbishop of Mwanza in Tanzania, Bishop Silvestros Kizito of
Gulu and Eastern Uganda, Reverend Father Mukiibi of Metropolis of Burundi and
Rwanda, Reverend Father Kibuuka John, the Dean of the Cathedral and Rev.
Emmanuel Mbaire from Athens Greece who accompanied the body of the late Archbishop
The clerics noted that the Orthodox Church enjoys a cordial
relationship with the NRM government and deeply shares the same ideology.
“We are looking forward to possible ways of strengthening these
relations further,” they said.
“We come here with much
love and appreciation to you for having stood with us in these difficult days
after the loss of our Metropolitan Yona Lwanga,” their spokesperson Bishop
Silvestros Kisitu of Gulu and Eastern Uganda said.
The clerics in their submission further commended the team that
was delegated by President Museveni to organize the burial arrangements and
included Vice President Jessica Alupo, the ICT Minister Dr Chris Baryomunsi and
Attorney General Kiryowa Kiwanuka.
“The team executed their role very well and we appreciate this as
the Orthodox Church,” they said.
The President acknowledged their appreciation and conveyed his
profound condolences to the Orthodox Church especially the family upon the loss
of Archbishop Yona Lwanga.
“First of all, I am very sorry for the death of our brother Yona
Lwanga. It was a big loss,” he condoled. The President pledged to support the
church in its development programs.
Later, Metropolitan Makarios prayed to God to give President
Museveni more wisdom and knowledge to lead the country for the good of the
A memorial service for the late Yona Lwanga will be held on October
17 2021 and the Orthodox Pope Tawadros II is expected to attend.